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February 10, 2013 3:28:40 PM

I am currently trying to build a rig under $450 and this is my newest attempt. My budget is currently low but the future I will hopefully make some upgrades. I want to be able to in the future upgrade easily without having to start all over.

I plan in the future to crossfire, I understand the 6750 is not the best to crossfire together but I can get different videocards when I upgrade later. I need a rig to play steam games and moba's nothing crazy like bf3.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/CD1B
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/CD1B/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/CD1B/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($32.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 6750 1GB Video Card ($97.28 @ TigerDirect)
Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS72 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $424.17
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-10 12:20 EST-0500)

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February 10, 2013 3:35:49 PM

My first suggestion would be to get 2x4g ram 3 sticks will kind of defeat the purpose of dual channel. I also think you could squeeze a better graphics card into that budget. I recently build a gaming computer in this price range, and i got a 7850 into it. Mostly looks ok though.
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February 10, 2013 3:42:11 PM

Thanks. What about the 7750? I am tying to buying some of the higher price parts from Tiger Direct for connections I have with them.
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February 10, 2013 3:44:38 PM

Something like this would be decent too

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 975 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($82.18 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Corsair 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.00 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital AV-GP 750GB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($63.73 @ Compuvest)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($104.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $457.83
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-10 12:44 EST-0500)
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February 10, 2013 3:45:52 PM

Better Build?

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS72 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $383
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